A 2019 Baby Acura NSX to be Unveiled as an S2000 Successor

A car which they are calling a 2019 Baby Acura NSX is rumored to be on its way. In fact as rumors of a Honda S2000 successor have been in talks for many years already, it appears that the smaller NSX could take the spot of that car. The details about the 2019 Baby Acura NSX are still slim but the expectations are sky high. For now they are still calling it a “baby” but it will probably sport the Honda badge once all details have been made. Although we have a lot of questions that need answering it is certain that this model aims to rejuvenate some of the sportiness the brand was known for in the past.

Not a long time ago, Honda had a roster of fun sporty cars which included the Prelude, CR-X and the S2000 while their luxury-orientated Acura division offered models as Integra, RSX and the NSX. But today, it seems that all of the sports cars have died out and we are left with only crossover vehicles as the brand has concentrated more on strengthening their sales and offering a line of cars which would sooth the needs of the public.

Honda is already cooking a new batch of cars so already announced models which are going to come out in 2016 are the Honda Civic Type R and the Acura NSX, but for the 2019 they are planning a vehicle which is supposed to bridge the gap between those two and they are planning to make a model which is going to be somewhere in the middle ground, enter the 2019 Baby Acura NSX.

For now the working title is still a Baby NSX but that will change in the future, but we do know that this car is going to be a direct successor to the famed S2000 model. It was reported that this car would be ahybrid roadster which combines an electric motor with a 1.5-liter turbo engine allowing it to make 300 horsepower. When is this car coming out and the news about its release date and other details you can read about here.

How will the Car Look Like?

The newest 2019 Baby Acura NSX is still not established, but there are many rumors and renderings which depict how it would look. They are basing this model on the latest Honda S660 mole which has made its debut in 2016. It will also share some similarities with the second-generation Acura NSX which was also updated recently. But as with the released photos of the prototype, it seems that this concept car will add some of its own details. The design that we can see now presents a very good looking mid-level performance roadster. But this is probably going to be a lot different compared to what we do get in the end. The production version of the car will look a lot different compared to this concept.

What to Expect on the Inside?

With the aggressive design of the exterior which the 2019 Baby Acura NSX displays, it is obvious that the inside is going to follow the same pattern. The interior part of the car will probably add the latest in-car technology, while the cabin will also focus on reducing as much as weight as possible while at the same time being able to provide as much as luxury possible. If this car manages to get a Honda badge it will certainly provide more luxurious details, but if it is an Acura we can expect to see many details from the newest NSX transferred here. If they decide to offer an open-top roadster, the elements on the inside will probably be a lot glossier and make the car not only look good but also enable it to be even more fun to drive.

What Could we Expect Under the Hood?

There are many options that can await us under the hood of the 2019 Baby Acura NSX. Based on the enormous vents and air intakes placed on the rear end of the car, as the concept shows, we are probably looking at a mid-engine layout, which is also seen in current NSX and the future S660. There are some reports which state that this model might be using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which might bring the output to 330 horsepower. As this is predicted to be a hybrid, the front axles will two electronic engines powering them and will give it added 70 horsepower, amounting to a potential combined power of around 400 hp. The performance is going to be outstanding as they plan to use a frame mostly made of aluminum and add a lot of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, which will further decrease the weight of the car. It is expected that it weighs approximately 3,000 lb.

Prices for the Future 2019 Baby Acura NSX

We do not have any solid info about the price of the 2019 Baby Acura NSX model but it is clear that it is not going to be an affordable car. If Honda does make this sports model, the prices are not going to be as close as the former S2000 was nor do they plan to make it an affordable model at all. The price is going to be closer to $150,000 as a base price.

2019 Baby Acura Release Date

Being that we are still in the development stages of the 2019 Baby Acura NSX, there is still a long way to go for this car actually becoming a reality. The rumors about the model have started to surface now and it would seem that the car is being made for the 2019 model year. Some reports have even gone as far as to say that this model is already being featured for 2018 but in our mind it would be too soon for the car to appear so early. It appears that we are waiting for the 2019 Baby Acura NSX a bit while longer.

Competition Vehicles

Bringing the 2019 Baby Acura NSX back to the Honda line or even the Acura line will raise some questions from the competition. The cars which are currently labeled as the closest competing cars are the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche Cayman models. Both of them did not have an update since 2014 and it would be interesting if they decide to do something about it and prepare a new additions once the 2019 Baby Acura NSX is out. But for now the two cars remain the closets rivaling cars in the segment.

Conclusion

With the departure from the S2000 model Honda has been looking for a car which would fill in the gap that this model has made. Now we are probably looking at a model which might do just that. Although it is not planned to be as affordable as the S2000 had been it would look good for Honda to update its sports car roster. The smaller NSX is not a sure thing yet but the prospect of it sure sounds fun for us. 

2017 Acura MDX Release Date, Specs and Review

Offering familiar performance, value and comfort is the new Acura MDX 2017. It should rank atop your priority list in case you are shopping in the three-row luxury crossovers segment. Some of the pros include excellent crash-test scores, good fuel economy ratings, adept handling, plenty of features for the money, and a confident acceleration. Its release date should be expected January next year.

For 2017, buyers should expect a slew of new features including an updated all-wheel-drive system, standard nine-speed auto transmission system, an easy-entry driver seat, auto stop-start, lightweight body, better handling, an optional suite of safety technologies, and Siri Eyes Free voice.

With a reputation for reliability, a strong resale value, and a reasonable price tag, the new 2017 Acura MDX has attracted a significant chunk of buyers looking for a three-row luxury crossover. It offers numerous updates over the previous model spread in all facets of its design language.

2017 Acura MDX back
2017 Acura MDX back

Its driving dynamics remain top-notch. You’ll find it surprisingly athletic particularly when driving around turns. Also, at top speeds the cabin is serene as it comes with effective sound-deadening materials.

In a nutshell, this well-made, versatile and feature-rich equipped 2017 Acura MDX is undeniably the most sensible choice for anyone shopping in the mid-size luxury crossover segment. However, it comes with a slew of depressing features which might work against it. They include a modest cargo space, less luxurious feel, and subpar tech interface graphics.

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Other popular choices available in the same segment include 2017 Volvo XC90, 2017 Audi Q7, 2017 BMW X5, 2017 Honda Pilot, and the spacious and well-equipped 2017 Infiniti QX60.

Acura MDX – Available Trims

The seven-passenger 2017 Acura MDX SUV comes in a single trim available with a variety of upgrades grouped in terms of optional packages. The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid is reviewed separately.

2017 Acura MDX Exterior Pictures & Interior Spy Photos

2017 Acura MDX Spy Shots

Standard accessories available for the Acura MDX 2017 include driver memory settings, automatic climate control (tri-zone), heated eight-way power front seats, 18” wheels, LED automatic headlights, a sunroof, a power liftgate, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and entry, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and power exterior mirrors. Technology highlights include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, twin dashboard displays, a multi-angle rearview camera, an iPod/USB interface, Siri Eyes Free voice controls, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, Pandora and Aha compatibility, and an eight-speaker sound system.

The AcuraWatch Plus package adds cruise control, automatic braking, forward collision alert, road departure mitigation, and lane-keeping assist.

The MDX Technology package adds a 10-speaker sound system, 19” alloy wheels, automatic mitigation braking, a color driver information center, a navigation system, HD and satellite radio, lane-departure warning system, rear-door keyless entry, solar-sensing climate control, rear-door keyless entry, and voice controls.

The Entertainment trim level which builds upon what the Technology package offers comes with AcuraWatch Plus, a 110V power outlet, 9” touchscreen display, a rear seat DVD entertainment system, rear heated seats, and aft door window sunshades.

2017 Acura MDX front
2017 Acura MDX front

The Advance trim level bundles everything both the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages come with plus an auto-dimming sideview mirrors, second-row heated seats, front passenger power lumbar, automatic engine stop-start, roof rails, upgraded leather upholstery, remote engine start, and perforated front seats.

2017 Acura MDX interior
2017 Acura MDX interior

Combining the respective features of both the Entertainment and Advance trim are the two lower trim’s packages and add an HDMI input, 12-speaker sound system, unique exterior colors, an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system, and a 16.2” infotainment screen.

Engine Specs – 2017 Acura MDX

The new Acura MDX for 2017 comes with a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 290 hp and 267 pounds of torque under its hood. The front wheel drive is standard, as is the nine-speed automatic transmission system, while the SH-all-wheel-drive system is optionally available.

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Fuel economy ratings as per the EPA ratings stand at 19/27/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the front-wheel-drive system, and 20/27/23 mpg with the stop-start feature present on the Advance package.

The all-wheel-drive configured 2017 Acura MDX return 19/26/22 mpg with the Advance package, and 18/26/21 mpg in standard form. During our test drive, the SH-AWD MDX went from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Price & 2017 Acura MDX Release Date

The base 2017 Acura MDX will cost an MSRP starting from $42,865, the AcuraWatch Plus package – $44,365, SH-AWD – $44,865, the SH-AWD w/AcuraWatch Plus package – $46,365, and the range-topping 2017 Acura MDX with Technology package – an MSRP of $47,290.

2017 Acura MDX release date
2017 Acura MDX release date

Release date wise, the vehicle should debut sometime early next year, according to rumors.

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2017 Acura ILX Release Date, Specs and Info

The new and updated 2017 Acura ILX could be seen as a sensible choice for a compact luxury sedan at first glance. However, the segment offers plenty of better alternatives despite the significant changes and updates that the 2017 version comes with. Also, expect a generous list of standard features, rear seat for its class, and a low base price. We should expect its release date in the middle of 2017.

2017 Acura ILX
2017 Acura ILX

New features that will most certainly debut for the new model year include some additional torque, a multi-view back-up camera, adaptive cruise control, rear-cross traffic alert, a standard 2.4L engine, new LED headlights, and front and rear end treatments.

Despite the continuous improvements and upgrades Acura has made to the ILX ever since its first debut, the model has been unable to make a standout moment for itself, and has lagged behind some of its traditional rivals. This was attributed to a sluggish powertrain and few available safety features that could match those of its competitors.

But things are set to change with the new 2017 Acura ILX as those concerns have been dealt with exhaustively. For newbies, the ILX will derive its inspiration from a new four-cylinder 2.4L engine as opposed to the previous 2.0L base engine. And to add icing on the cake, the vehicle still comes competitively priced over its other rivals.

Numerous foibles still persist nevertheless. For instance, the quality of the cabin materials might not meet your expectation. In a nut shell, the ILX compares similarly to a well-equipped Honda. Naturally, you’d want to look at other alternatives the segment offers. They include Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, 2017 Audi A3, and 2017 Ford Fusion.

Acura ILX – Available Trims

The new 2017 Acura ILX is available in six trim levels inform of equipment levels: base, AcuraWatch Plus Package, A-Spec package, Premium package, Premium and A-Spec package, and the top-of-the-range Technology Plus package. The 2017 Acura ILX Type S is reviewed separately.

Interior Spy Photos & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Acura ILX

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Spy shots

Standard equipment available for the base 2017 Acura ILX trim includes an eight-way power driver seat, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, 17” wheels, smartphone app integration, automatic climate control, a USB/iPod audio interface, a multi-view rearview camera, leatherette upholstery, a fold-down rear seatback, heated front seats, a 5” infotainment system, a 6-speaker sound system, automatic LED headlights, Pandora radio and Siri Eyes Free integration, and sunroof.

2017 Acura ILX interior
2017 Acura ILX interior

With the AcuraWatch package-equipped model expect to get lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, a frontal collision warning system, and blind-spot warning system.

Opting for the Premium package gets you an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear cross traffic alerts, Aha and satellite radio smartphone app integration, an 8” information display, leather front seats, a seven-speaker sound system, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors.

At the top of the food chain is the Technology Plus package that build upon what the AcuraWatch Plus package offers and adds voice commands, 10-apeaker sound system, a rearview camera, and a navigation system.

Also, you can add the A-Spec package to both the Technology Plus and Premium packages to get simulated suede seats, 18” wheels, contrast stitching, and a rear spoiler.

Engine Specs – 2017 Acura ILX

2017 Acura ILX EngineA 2.4L engine powers the needs of the base 2017 Acura ILX rated at 202 horsepower and 180 pounds of torque. The only transmission system offered is an eight-speed automatic, however, it functions like a conventional automatic despite technically being an automated manual transmission system.

According to EPA ratings, expect them to stand at 26/35/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Its 0-60 mph acceleration stands at segment-average 6.9 seconds.

Safety wise, the ILX will come standard with a rearview camera, side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, and stability and traction control. Optionally provided are road departure mitigation system, automatic braking, frontal collision warning system, and collision mitigation systems.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Acura ILX

As for the price of the ILX coupe models, expect the base to cost you an MSRP starting from $27,900, the AcuraWatch Plus Package – $29,200, the Premium Package – $29,900, the premium and A-Spec package – $31,890, the Technology Plus Package – $32,900, and the top-of-the-line $34,890.

The release date on the other hand isn’t known but should be expected in the middle of 2017.

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